Category Archives: coronavirus

Restrictions on restaurants, other businesses relaxed

Restrictions on restaurants, other businesses relaxed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Restaurants in Rhode Island are free to welcome more customers and the state’s houses of worship can welcome more of the faithful starting Friday. Many businesses and other indoor spaces can now operate at 80% capacity under rules announced by Gov. Daniel McKee last month. The rules also apply to retailers,…MORE

Governor proposes gift card program to boost business

Governor proposes gift card program to boost business

Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee is working on a plan to boost the state’s post-pandemic economy by distributing tens of thousands of $25 gift cards to residents to encourage them to shop at local businesses.MORE

Feds: Man used fraudulent PPP loan to buy alpaca farm

Feds: Man used fraudulent PPP loan to buy alpaca farm

The owner of a Massachusetts pizza parlor lied about the number of employees he had to fraudulently obtain more than $660,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds, then used some of the money to buy and stock an alpaca farm in Vermont, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.MORE

Mass. to close 4 vaccination sites for more focused approach

Mass. to close 4 vaccination sites for more focused approach

Massachusetts plans on closing four of its seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June in favor of a more targeted approach to reach the roughly 30% of the state’s eligible population that has not yet received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. MORE

State, colleges partner to get students, staff vaccinated

State, colleges partner to get students, staff vaccinated

The Rhode Island Department of Health is partnering with nine colleges and universities across the state to make getting a coronavirus vaccine as easy as possible for all students, faculty and staff before the end of the spring semester. MORE

Rhode Island gets $750K to help arts recover from pandemic

Rhode Island gets $750K to help arts recover from pandemic

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is getting more than $750,000 in federal coronavirus relief funding to help arts-related small businesses, artists, and arts and culture organizations recover from the pandemic, officials said Thursday.MORE

Rhode Island eases outdoors mask rules, per CDC guidelines

Rhode Island eases outdoors mask rules, per CDC guidelines

People fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will soon no longer be required to wear face coverings when outdoors in Rhode Island, except when in crowded areas, the state Department of Health and Gov. Daniel McKee said in a statement. MORE

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